Summer is one of those busy times where I think I'm outside far more often than I really am, so it's always a great surprise for me when I take a day or couple of days to spend hours re-aquainting with the area parks and find that so much has changed!
July brings dense meadows filled with wildflowers, grasses, and sedges, the forest canopy is a solid green sky, water areas are dappled with lounging turtles and frogs while the dragonflies skim and chase the days away.
July solidifies summer's arrival, there are no petite spring flowers left, they couldn't handle July; the sun's intensity, the rain's relentlessness, July is not for sissies, it is sure to weed out the weak.
What does all of this look like? Take a peek below to see!
I had to visit two different days, first at night where I was blown away by how everything glows in the evening sun, then again during the day where I was welcomed by a wide variety of insects enjoying the wildflowers.
The dense canopy in this old growth forest creates a great break from the hot sun.
Killbuck Marsh Wildlife Areas
Clark road, Valley road, and Force road, each area, while connected by the same body of water, comes with its own unique charms.
Wooster Memorial Park (Spangler)
The new prairie at Wooster Memorial Park is putting on an amazing show of wildflowers, everything from rattlesnake master to bee balm. Here you can find pollinators and insects of all sorts, bees, flies, butterflies, beetles, dragonflies, and hummingbird moths! It's a sight to behold.
Since 2015 we have been exploring and sharing all the amazing things we’ve found in nature.
Emily is an Ohio Certified Volunteer Naturalist who is most often found out in the woods.